11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: San Diego

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker .

San Diego, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Diego to Tokyo. When traveling from San Diego in October, plan for slightly colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto vacation builder site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo further: wander the streets of Odaiba, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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